Ashleigh Barty: There is nothing better than playing at home

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Ashleigh Barty: There is nothing better than playing at home

Rising Australian Star Ashleigh Barty reached the finals of the Sydney International where she takes on Angelique Kerber. Barty also feels this is the perfect preparation for the Australian Open. "It's nice to make a final at home, but I think in my eyes it's perfect preparation for next week (Australian Open)," Barty said after her win.

Reviewing the match a bit, Barty said, “I shot myself in the foot with my serving in the first and didn't give myself an opportunity to be dominant on service games.” "Against Dash, she's a world-class returner and puts pressure on you right from the get-go.

For me, it was nice to find the rhythm eventually but (I) would definitely like to see it a little bit earlier. I'm still able to win tennis matches. I think even though it may not be perfect at the moment, it's still good enough to win matches." With all eyes on her at the Australian Open this year, Barty knows how to handle pressure and expectations.

"Everyone is going through a different stage in their career, and obviously this is a first for me. Even last year was very much a first throughout the whole year," she said. "We have set up a perfect platform for me to work with this year to try and go deep in tournaments, whether it's in Australia or in Europe or in the States. She further added, “There is nothing better than playing at home, playing in front of a home crowd.

Regardless whether you're No.1, No.10, or No.100 in the world, it's the best feeling for an Australian to be playing at the Australian Open." ALSO READ Craig Tiley says Maria Sharapova deserving of draw ceremony invite .